In a hopeless try and overthrow or forged suspicion on an American election, a ridiculous forged of characters has heeded outgoing President Donald Trump’s name to misadventure — together with, now, the inventor of one of many worst devices of all time. His identify is Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, and yesterday he gave a poor imitation of a TED discuss before the Georgia state senate, claiming that he has the flexibility to show whether or not ballots from the 2020 election have been actual or faux. He launched himself to a subcommittee of state senators as an “inventor and pattern recognition expert,” simply earlier than implying that he’s a titan even greater than Apple and Google mixed. “I’m on approximately about 12 billion devices globally,” he mentioned.

We’ll undoubtedly grant that Pulitzer does have some credentials on the earth of know-how. He’s answerable for the CueCat: a cat-shaped barcode scanner that’s extensively thought to be one of many worst devices ever made. In a 2000 Wall Road Journal overview, famend know-how journalist Walt Mossberg wrote that the CueCat was “unnatural and ridiculous.” Rob Beschizza of BoingBoing calls it “one of the classic crap gadgets.” And TIME named it considered one of “the 50 worst inventions.”

The thought of the CueCat was this: thousands and thousands of the issues can be shipped everywhere in the nation, after which individuals would use them to scan barcodes from adverts in magazines… thereby opening deep hyperlinks to content material on their laptop. We in all probability don’t have to elucidate why an enormous barcode scanner that hooked up to a pc’s PS/2 keyboard port merely for the aim of opening web sites failed, however since its inventor is now meddling in American election integrity, we are able to’t take something as a right. (It was a nasty concept to fabricate thousands and thousands of cat-shaped barcode scanners to compete with the performance of typing a URL right into a browser and urgent “return.”)

Anyway, Pulitzer now seems to be attempting to money in on Trump’s election grift earlier than the lights exit. (Because of Christina Warren for placing us on the case with this Twitter thread.) The day earlier than Pulitzer testified in Georgia, he posted a video on Twitter speaking about Chinese language inks, paper fibers, and “fake squiggles,” ensuring to tag anybody on Fox Information who may chunk on insinuations of overseas election interference. (Whereas he wasn’t tagged, Fox Information’s Lou Dobbs fell for it.)

Trump’s election fraud marketing campaign is making Republicans particularly uncomfortable in Georgia, whose governor and secretary of state are each members of the Republican celebration. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ought to resign, including that Georgia’s GOP management are “fools.” Professional-Trump conspiracy theorists have additionally focused voting machine firms Smartmatic and Dominion, falsely alleging that they’ve ties to antifa and Venezuela. The businesses responded aggressively to the assaults, forcing — you guessed it — Lou Dobbs to refute his own conspiracies with fact-checking segments.

So, will the 2020 election be overturned by the man who made the CueCat? It appears unlikely. Earlier than wading into politics, Pulitzer reportedly became a “full-blown treasure hunter” in an obvious quest to search out fame on The Historical past Channel. However unable to find the biblical Ark of the Covenant, Pulitzer is again to seek for one thing simply as unbelievable: widespread election fraud.

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